Police find source of Novichok poisoning in victim's house

13 July, 2018, 22:57 | Author: Wade Massey
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Counter terrorism police believe they have found the source of the Novichok nerve agent which poisoned a couple in Amesbury.

"On Wednesday. a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley's house in Amesbury", British counter-terror police said.

Police have spoken briefly to the 45-year-old who is now conscious in hospital. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

Reuters reports that police said Friday that they had located a "small bottle" containing the nerve agent during a search of the home of one victim, Charlie Rowley of Amesbury.

The incident came after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who have both since recovered, collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the nearby city of Salisbury, southwest England, sparking an global diplomatic crisis after Britain blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

The discovery of the bottle comes as the Foreign Office announced independent chemical weapons experts would arrive in the United Kingdom next week to assist with the investigation.

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent. "These samples will be analysed at highly reputable global laboratories designated by the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Today's discovery has been called "significant and encouraging" by Wiltshire Police.

"This will free up some Wiltshire Police officers to get back to supporting day-to-day community policing".

"The way that we do this might start to look slightly different from next week when private security guards will join my officers on some of the cordons".

A post-mortem will take place on Tuesday before an inquest into her death opens on Thursday.

Public health officials say the risk to the public is low, but advised people not to pick up any odd items.

"As a precaution Public Health England continues to advise the public not to pick up any unusual items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass".

The advice remains "if you didn't drop it, then don't pick it up", a spokesman said.

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